Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change


The existing literature on Chinese Indonesians has so far tended to take an approach of either victimization and marginalization or a focus on elite businessmen and their economic influence. This volume takes a different perspective. The Chinese in Indonesia were not only innocent victims of history, but were simultaneously active agents of change. Chinese Indonesians from different walks of life played an active role in shaping society during regime changes and found creative and constructive ways to deal with situations of adversity. This book demonstrates that regime changes in Indonesia did not only pose threats of violence, but also offered opportunities that induced “agency” on the part of Chinese Indonesians to shape their own destinies and that of the country.

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Marleen Dieleman, Ph.D. (2007) from Leiden University, is a visiting fellow at NUS Business School. She published extensively on Asian family business, including The Rhythm of Strategy: A Corporate Biography of the Salim Group of Indonesia (Amsterdam University Press, 2007).

Juliette Koning, Ph.D. (1997) in Social Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, is a senior lecturer at the VU University Amsterdam. She has published extensively on religion, ethnicity and entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia, Indonesia in particular, including a special issue on ‘the business of identity’ with Can Seng Ooi for East Asia: An International Quarterly (2007).

Peter Post, PhD (1991) in Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, is a senior-researcher at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. He is the general editor of The Encyclopedia of Indonesia in the Pacific War (Brill, 2010)
“This collection of articles on Chinese Indonesians is a very welcome addition to scholarship on the subject matter. It is also a challenging volume for scholars and those who are interested in studying the Chinese Indonesians…This collection aims to ... show how Chinese Indonesians played an important role in shaping their destinies and important social trends in the country during times of crisis and regime change…Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change is still an important contribution to the studies of Chinese Indonesians, and would be of benefit to students and scholars with an interest in this area of study."
– Wu-Ling Chong, National University of Singapore, in Pacific Affairs 85.3 (2012).

"Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change is a valuable contribution to the broader study of ethnic Chinese in Indonesia and the country's social and historical development in general."
– Dewi Anggraeni, Monash University, in Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde 167.4 (2011).

"The diverse contributions covering a century of change and challenge for Indonesia's largest minority offer many new insights"
– Mary Somers Heidhues, in Indonesia 92 (October 2011).

"By offering a multi-layered approach, this book successfully contributes a new perspective that stresses the agency of Chinese Indonesians...The book is a worthy contribution to the complex study of this minority group in Indonesia."
– Aimee Dawis, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, in Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 47.3 (2011).

"The book offers new avenues to engage with the study of Chinese Indonesians and opens exciting possibilities for novel conceptualizations...The chapters in this volume present a smorgasbord of views from various disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, history, law, political science, and business, which is truly a rare feast. Such a multidisciplinary and multipronged approach has paved the way for a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Chinese Indonesians..."
– Chang-Yau Hoon, Singapore Management University, in The China Review 13.1 (Spring 2013).
Part I: Introduction
1. Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change: Alternative Perspectives
Marleen Dieleman, Juliette Koning, Peter Post
Part II: Policy and Dignity: Chineseness during and after the New Order
2. Business, Belief, and Belonging: Small Business Owners and Conversion to Charismatic Christianity
Juliette Koning
3. Assimilation, Differentiation, and Depoliticization: Chinese Indonesians and the Ministry of Home Affairs in Suharto’s Indonesia
Nobuhiro Aizawa
4. Diversity in Compliance: Yogyakarta Chinese and the New Order Assimilation Policy
Andreas Susanto
Part III: Justice and Representation: The Chinese in the Netherlands East Indies
5. The Chinese Connection: Rewriting Journalism and Social Categories in Indonesian History
Nobuto Yamamoto
6. The Loa Joe Djin-Case. A Trigger to Change
Patricia Tjiook-Liem
Part IV: Survival and Creativity: Chinese Business Responses to Regime Change
7. Crisis Management and Creative Adjustment: Margo-Redjo in the 1930s
Alexander Claver
8. The Oei Tiong Ham Concern and the Change of Regimes in Indonesia, 1931–1950
Peter Post
9. Continuous and Discontinuous Change in Ethnic Chinese Business Networks: The Case of the Salim Group
Marleen Dieleman
Readership for this volume would be Southeast Asianists, Indonesianists, historians, anthropologists, management scholars, students of Overseas Chinese studies, and Overseas Chinese intellectuals.
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